Fugitive Brothers Captured in New Mexico

  • March 10, 2006


Two brothers who eluded authorities for 15 years have been arrested in New Mexico on drug, weapons and explosive charges that date back to 1991. 

The men were thought to be associated with white supremacist and anti-government groups, authorities said.

Geoffrey Rose, 62, and Gregory Rose, 50, were arrested by U.S. Marshals in February at their mobile home in Catron County.  Inside the mobile home, marshals found stockpiles of weapons and gunpowder, marijuana, motion detectors, military-style helmets and bullet-resistant vests, according to authorities. 

The brothers were arrested on a 1991 warrant from Merriam, Kansas, charging them of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, use or carry of a firearm in connection with drug trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful storing of explosive materials.

“They shared a hatred of the U.S. government,” said Gorden Eden, U.S. marshal for the District of New Mexico.  It was unclear how long the Roses had been in the state, Eden said.

In the early 1980s the Rose brothers were accused of plotting to blow up the Overland Park Police Department (they were acquitted of those charges in 1981). Later in 1981, they were sentenced to 10 years on federal firearms violations.  A federal court judge later reduced their prison sentences. 

U.S. Magistrate Richard Puglisi has granted the Roses’ request to return to Kansas to face the charges.